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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Rasputin Russian Imperial StoutOld Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout

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9,648 Ratings

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Ratings: 9,648
Reviews: 3,349
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 288
Gots: 1,216 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 01-18-2001)
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Photo of kiddynamite920
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

For as many of these that I've had, I figured it was time to wind down and review one.

A: Pitch black with signs of brown, the head is a tan color. Head receded a bit from about a fingers worth to a thin ring around the glass. RIS in a glass, perfect.

S: Picking up strong roasted malts, vanilla, and a woody aroma on the nose. Slight alcohol burn, but hidden behind some cherry like aromas. Big chocolate nose, reminiscent of the Brooklyn BCS.

T: A bit dry and bitter, full of roast. Chocolate and dark roast coffee come through. Some dark fruits, mostly raisins and dark cherries. Hops are quite bittering, a nice touch to this big and roasty brew. Cocoa powder seems to lend its flavor and its presence on the mouthfeel.

M: Dry, roasty, bitter and super dark and creamy. This is a Russian Imperial Stout. Great body and carbonation, just a bit of fizz that is left around the palate after swallowing. Slight heat from the alcohol.

D: As far as RIS's go, this is one of my favorites. It never disappoints on the classic flavor of what a RIS should be. Absolutely delicious and more breweries should take some notes on this one. Alcohol hidden well, ridiculously huge roasty flavor, perfect RIS.

kiddynamite920, May 14, 2010
Photo of rkcrozier
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

rkcrozier, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Holmes698
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Holmes698, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Dools9
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured into a pint glass...

A: Very dark black, finger of brown khaki head, some cascading effect.

S: Dark roasted malts, cocoa, coffee/espresso, light hop presence, some dark fruits as well.

T: Lots of dark roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate, espresso coffee grounds, nice roasty bitter finish.

M: Thick and chewey, smooth creamy feel, hard to have more than one in a session though.

O: Outstanding RIS, so much complexity and flavors goin on and the 9 abv goes almost unoticed.

Dools9, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of DMc8ride
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

DMc8ride, Jan 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

dlin0sbb, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of dwtyler
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

dwtyler, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of sinistrsam
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

The typical, awesome dark brown/black of an Imperial Stout. It had a small tan head which dissapated quickly, left medium lacing, and smelled of sweet coffee and caramel.
It tasted somewhat hoppy, with hints of sweet furits, roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate. The taste was somewhat more pleasant than other Imperial Stouts I've had, but I can't exactly place what was different; I'm going to say it as the balance of the flavors. It had almost a candy sweetness that countered the bitter very well.
It was also not as biting in the mouthfeel as some other Imperials. It finished actually refreshing and as tasty as the first taste.

sinistrsam, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of UA8
4.13/5  rDev -4%

A- Pours an old engine oil black with a robust and frothy brown head.

S- Heavily roasted dark malts, a touch of dark coffee, and some dried figs or dates.

T- Semi sweet roasted malts open the show. The midpalate brings dried dark fruit and a touch of coffee. Finishes big with smoky bitter malt and a touch or herbal hop.

M- Just above moderate fullness and viscosity. The carbonation is medium low.

D- Took me a bit to come around on this one but now that I have I must admit it is quite the tasty RIS. The key I believe is to get this one up to at least 50 degrees before drinking it. The flavors really start to pop once it gets warmer.

UA8, May 05, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a thick, dense black, no discernible highlights, with a large and sustaining foamy and creamy tan head.

Smells like a good imperial stout should, packed with deeply roasted grain, black coffee, and bitter dark chocolate, all on top of a bed of sweet malt with a touch of fruitiness.

More of the same on the palate, with an intense roasted character that strongly suggests a cup of seriously black coffee, accompanied by earthy, bitter dark chocolate. Turns sweet mid-palate, showing creamy, milky caramel, before finishing with a quite large earthy hop bitterness. Finishes firm and dry, with a lingering roasty and hoppy bitterness.

Full bodied and firm, but shows hints of softness. Alcohol is well hidden at 9%. A well-made beer, and while far enough down my list of top imperial stouts, this proves to be a great value.

wnh, Dec 09, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

EdFed, Jan 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

crowbar540, Dec 19, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mtomlins, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7%

DJButters, Mar 06, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

AApparel, Nov 26, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ChrisKuhns, Sep 26, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

akinsja, Nov 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

vma, Mar 24, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Pelicanrocks, May 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Gus_13, Jun 10, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jackmax, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of mjc410
4.3/5  rDev 0%

The pour into my La Moneuse tulip raises a massive, effervescent head, the color of old parchment. Falls pretty quickly to one finger. Very loud bubble popping. The nose is wildly chocolatey, sweet, and full of coffee. Strong notes of alcohol and port come through. Taste is very bitter, but with a sweet finish. Incredible chocolate covered espresso bean aftertaste. Body is massive, the biggest I've had in memory. So incredibly smooth. Pairs very well with some strong chocolate. A very slow sipper, but a joy.

Develops some vinous and milk chocolate notes when paired with chocolate. Interesting. Becomes less bitter and rich.

This has improved so much with a year in the cellar. Fresh, it was abusingly bitter, and, if I remember well, far too hoppy. That has all changed, and I have some more left!

mjc410, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of jhhollier
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

jhhollier, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of elcrawl
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

elcrawl, Jan 15, 2013
Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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